12/21/2007

How Singaporeans think

Actually Singaporeans don't think. Only the elite think. The hottest issue now is Minister's pay. Ministers and MPs are not employees but elected people's representatives in parliament. Their tenure of service is subject to the mandate of the people every 4 years. The concern previously is that these people may be tempted to corrupt if they are not paid well. So their salaries, wonder that is the right term, were raised to million dollars level. With that we have solved our problem of corruption at high places. Now the new thinking is that their salaries need to be raised further. For what? Corruption is out. The new reason is to attract more future capable people to join politics. They are paying the current batch to prove to the future leaders that this is what they can get if they go into politics. Before, we use money to buy honesty. Now we use money to buy honesty and talents. Whose thinking? Not the average Singaporeans on the street. It is elite think. They think for the average Singaporeans. And many average Singaporeans also think that this is right thinking. Nobody question what is enough, what is enough to buy honesty and what is enough to buy talents. Is $5m enough? Is $10m enough or $20m?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

A parallel can be drawn again large american corporations who paid executives large salaries. Such executives were found to be corrupt regardless, and brought down entire corporations and hard-earned shareholder & employee's monies.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Rest assured that there is no end to this. The precedent was set a long time ago and people accepted it.

And the PAP will be in for a long time—for one fundamental reason—if you are earning that kind of dough, and know that it will INCREASE as years go by, you will do whatever it takes to protect your extremely lucrative position, and the positions of those in your "gang".

Fuck them—let them take as much as they want. Does it affect your life? Are you "a victim"?

Of course not. There are many things in this abundant universe to pursue, despite a few "injustices" here and there.

Anonymous said...

I believe in the proverb "Men are blind in their own causes"

Don't bother to complain and let them take as much as they want.

God will give us justice.

redbean said...

we are relatively free from corruption because lky is around. would things be the same when he is not?

we have seen the gradual shift from what is corrupt and what is not, just like the shift in moral or social behaviour. soon, there won't be any corruption simply because it will become a way of life, just like our neighbouring countries.